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Poster: xtifr Date: Nov 28, 2006 5:54pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: why OGG ?

What I'd like to see is the VBR MP3s removed. You're absolutely right that the low-bandwidth MP3s will continue to be useful for the foreseeable future, since the world is a little bigger than just the US. But the VBR MP3s make no sense at all. Anyone who has the bandwidth to stream those also has the bandwidth to get Ogg support (assuming they don't already have it, which many people do and don't realize). The Oggs are slightly smaller and higher quality than the VBR MP3s.

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Poster: gmcgill Date: Nov 28, 2006 7:17pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: why OGG ?

But there are only a limited number of OGG portable players while mp3 players are ubiquitious. I personally download the flac/shn files AND the vbr mp3. The flacs I play on my home setup and the vbr's I use directly in my IPOD. Of course I can create vbr mp3's from the FLAC files, but this saves me several steps (given that most of the mp3 files already have the song names etc. filled in--in fact, I use foobar2000 to create the FLAC tags automatically from the MP3 file tags, saving even more steps). And I like the fact that the vbr mp3's are created with a good quality encoder (LAME).